Baking with Kids
As soon as you preheat your oven and get out the butter and sugar, your kids know they're in for a treat. But if you enlist their help the next time you're in the mood to bake, they'll have as much fun mixing ingredients as they do munching on the sweet results — and so will you!
- Spread newspaper over countertops and tables. Kids can trace designs in any extra flour and cleanup will be a breeze.
- Let kids cream butter and sugar with their hands.
- If you're making a pie crust, show your child how to crimp the edge and then see if they can do it by themselves.
- For yeast breads, ask your kids to punch down the dough after it has risen.
- Dump all the ingredients in a resealable bag, seal it and let your child mix the batter by squishing it up. Cut a corner of the bag to pour batter out.
- Think beyond sprinkles. Let your child place gummy bears, animal crackers, peanut brittle and other fanciful treats on the cake.
- Use food coloring to teach about colors. If making orange, let your child add the yellow and red drops to the bowl, then stir until the mixture becomes the desired color.
- Cut fun shapes out of a sheet cake using cookie cutters.
- Turn zip-sealed plastic bags into a pastry bag. Cut a tiny corner off to let just enough icing flow so kids can write on their cakes.
- Make cleanup easy and fun! Big kids can gather up dirty dishes while you put on their favorite song.